by Judith Arnopp (Goodreads Author), Cryssa Bazos (Goodreads Author), Anna Belfrage (Goodreads Author), Derek Birks (Goodreads Author), Helen Hollick (Goodreads Author), Amy Maroney (Goodreads Author), Alison Morton (Goodreads Author), Charlene Newcomb (Goodreads Author), Tony Riches (Goodreads Author), Mercedes Rochelle (Goodreads Author), Elizabeth St. John (Goodreads Author), Annie Whitehead
Betrayal, treachery, treason, deceit, perfidy—all names for the calculated violation of trust. And it’s been rife since humans trod the earth.
A promise broken
A mission betrayed
A lover’s desertion
A parent’s deception
An unwitting act of treason
Betrayal by comrades
Betrayal by friends
Could you resist the forces of misplaced loyalty, power hunger, emotional blackmail, or plain greed? Is there ever redemption, or will the destruction visit future generations and even alter history? These questions are still with us today.
Read twelve tales by twelve accomplished writers who explore these historical yet timeless challenges from post Roman Britain to the present day.
AD 455—Roman leader Ambrosius is caught in a whirlpool of shifting allegiances
AD 940—Alyeva and cleric Dunstan navigate the dangers of the Anglo Saxon court
1185—Knight Stephan fights for comradeship, duty, and honour. But what about love?
1330—The powerful Edmund of Kent enters a tangled web of intrigue
1403—Thomas Percy must decide whether to betray his sovereign or his family
1457—Estelle is invited to the King of Cyprus’s court, but deception awaits
1483—Has Elysabeth made the right decision to bring Prince Edward to London?
1484—Margaret Beaufort contemplates the path to treason
1577—Francis Drake contends with disloyalty at sea
1650—Can James Hart, Royalist highwayman, stop a nemesis from destroying his friend?
1718—Pirate Annie Bonny, her lover Calico Jack, and a pirate hunter. Who will win?
1849/present—Carina must discover her ancestor’s betrayer in Italy or face ruin.
As the saying goes, I’ve got good news and bad news. First the good news, of the 12 authors who contributed to this collection of glorious tales, I have had the pleasure of reading the works of 7 of them; so I knew what to expect from their tales. The bad news is that now that I have been exposed to the 5 previously unread authors, I now have 5 more authors who will undoubtedly contribute to the growth of my To Be Read pile. (Editor’s note – we realize and understand that that isn’t bad news, but the reviewer wanted to keep the 12 authors in suspense for a second or two as to the direction of this review😁) As to the stories themselves, they provide the reader with a plethora of imaginative ways, time periods, and situations where betrayal is the key element in the plot. So many different ways it reminded me of Paul Simon’s 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover. Indeed the variety of traitorous behaviors is a highlight of this delightful anthology. With the stories being unrelated to each other, the reader has the option to take a breather between each tale, which given the intensity or disbelief exuding from the just finished chapter, is probably a good idea. Bollocks and damnation there’s some mighty fine storytelling ahead my fellow readers. Just be aware that your book buying budget may be the victim of betrayal by heart over mind.📚 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐